Curator Talk: Elena Agudio and Federica Bueti, SAVVY Contemporary

April 8, 2019

Join us for a talk by SAVVY Contemporary Artistic Co-Director, Elena Agudio, and SAVVY Head of Publications, Federica Bueti.


As an art space, discursive platform, eating and drinking spot, njangi house, space for conviviality SAVVY Contemporary situates itself at the threshold of notions and constructs of the West and non-West. Founded by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, SAVVY Contemporary has defined as one of its focal points the urge to deliberate, experiment and experienciate on issues of conviviality and hospitality. Taking into consideration the rise of xenophobic and racial violence, widening gaps in class and economic realities, revamped hegemonial structures over the last years and decades, the necessity to reflect about hospitality seems to be more important than ever. In this talk, Elena Agudio and Federica Bueti will discuss some recent programming at SAVVY including the exhibition Ecologies of Darkness, and a new publication on notions of hospitality, co-published with Or Gallery and Archive Books.

Participant Bios

Elena Agudio is an Italian Berlin-based art historian and curator. Her research is focused on the sharing and exchange of knowledge and skills across disciplines and cultures. She studied Art History at the University of Venice – Ca’ Foscari and received her PhD in Contemporary Art and Design 2010. 2005–2010 she lectured in Milano at Politecnico and Iulm University and at the University of Architecture of Palermo. Since 2007 she is writing for and coordinating the direction of the Italian art magazine Art e Dossier. In 2013 she was appointed artistic co-director of SAVVY Contemporary.

Federica Bueti is a writer, art critic and editor based in Berlin, Germany. She is editor of ment, Journal for Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics and head of publications at SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin where she co-curates the series _Speaking Feminisms_ dedicated to the exploration of current feminist practices and the possibilities for new feminist alliances to respond to the challenges of the present. In 2013, she organised the spoken-words series Rhythms, Voices and Ties at Archive Kabinett, Berlin. She is currently completing her PhD on the feminist politics of self-undoing in writing, Critical Writing program at Royal College of Art, London.